The annual tribute to the 2012-13 bowling league champions

You know one of these years I am going to pull the big switcheroo. Instead of honoring the league winners, perhaps I will write about the cellar dwellers. Hey, these people come out to the lanes faithfully week after week. For whatever reason, they don’t seem to take enough points to be eligible for a chance at the roll-off that will determine the league champion.

I don’t know the reason for the lack of success. Perhaps other teams bowl their best against these folks. Maybe these bowlers have not mastered the intricacies of the sport. In some cases, maybe they’ve just lost their touch. I can think of one bowler/writer who seems to fit in that category.

The thought has occurred to me that a story on the worst bowler in town might be interesting. Do you suppose that person would really want a story about their inabilities? Again, I don’t know. The only thing I am sure about is the fact that I was surprised that spell check didn’t seem to have a problem with the word switcheroo!

The idea is food for thought, but this year – like in the past – I will acknowledge the winners of the various leagues at Heritage Lanes. As I looked over the list of champions, I could not help but notice that a few people bowled on two different championship teams. Steve Barnes and Paul Landers Sr., for example, helped two different teams take home the hardware.

So too did Madelyn Smith. Now this lady has been bowling for years. Unlike some of us, apparently Madelyn has not lost her touch. Congratulations to Steve, Paul, Madelyn and all the league champions.

When we sign up for a bowling league, we all want to have a chance to win it. Sure we bowl to get out of the house, to spend time with friends and just for the simple fact that it is fun. Deep down however, we are competitive athletes that want the trophies, the money and of course bragging rights. Only one team from each league gets to wear the mantle of league champion however, for at least the next 12 months.

Here now are the winners from this past bowling season. We’ll start with the ladies.

The winner of the Alley Cats League is King’s Engraving. Team members include Linda Wise, Yvonne Schock, Lorrie Williams, Barb Carmon and the aforementioned Madelyn Smith.

The champion of the Twilight League is Anese Masonry. Bowlers include Tim Sturgill, Steve Barnes, Ed Conrad, Kevin Fitch and Matt Clay.

The Advertiser-Tribune took the top spot in the Wednesday Morning League. Dave Jumper, Paul Landers Sr., Tyson Shope and Mark Huffman threw the rock for the A-T.

The winner of the Sportsman League was Tin Lizzy Collision. For the first time that many can remember there was no roll-off for the league title. Ron Yentzer, Phil Neikirk, Rich Yates Sr., Rich Yates Jr. and Ken Butturff Jr. won both halves negating a roll-off.

I promised you that two male bowlers won two championships and the second one included both of them. Barnes’ Boys won the Rocket League as Steve Barnes not only sponsored the team but bowled on it as well. Paul Landers Sr. also was a member of the winning team. These two were joined by Dave Jones, Beth Jones and Rodney Ohms.

You will find some unique team names in some of the leagues around town, no more so than the Sunday Night Rock N Roll League. The Runaway Hillbillies took the crown as Bill Biddle, Jamie Biddle, Melinda Kiser and Greg Kiser made up the team with the interesting name.

If you are a regular reader of this column, you already know who won the Big 8 League. I documented the roll-off in a column a couple of weeks ago. In case you missed it, Knuckle Deep took the title as Dave Ross, Greg Anspach, Mark Ratliff, Scott Washburn and Jack Book took the trophy back to Upper Sandusky.

Our last champion comes from the Imperial-Majorette League and brings Madelyn Smith back to the limelight. The team is called Queens and a King and team members in addition to Smith, include Phyllis Riley, Dale Bentz, Linda Brookes and Phyllis Hyde. I’ll leave it to you to try to decipher which bowler is the King in the group.

So there you have it, bowling fans. The 2012-13 league champions. Perhaps we will see some different names take center stage next year. If it’s all the same to you, I would prefer to write about new people as league champs, not as dedicated and lovable non winners.

You have now been duly challenged to step up your game.

Al Stephenson is The Advertiser-Tribune’s bowling columnist.

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